Excellent Future Dual Boost Age-Defying & Repairing Day Cream SPF 15
3.4 fl. oz. for $6
Last Updated:08.27.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen makes some intriguing claims (discussed below), but is really just an OK option for normal to dry skin, and the jar packaging compromises the effectiveness of its plant-based ingredients. See More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem.

Its chief anti-aging benefit is the broad-spectrum sun protection, which includes stabilized avobenzone to provide critical UVA screening. Lumene claims that this and all their other Excellent Future products help prevent the damage that's currently invisible (under your skin) from becoming visible. By this, we assume they mean wrinkles and brown spots, but the truth is that daily use of any well-formulated sunscreen will delay the appearance of such damage on the surface. Really, there's nothing to get excited about here except for the price!

Lumene treats their arctic cloudberry stem cell technology ingredient as an anti-aging miracle worker, but it's just another good plant extract that won't last for long in jar packaging. Although there is research proving this plant has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is far from the only one, and isn't even close to being the best for skin. In regard to the stem cell technology, it's just silly: To have any impact on the body, stem cells must be alive, and the plant stem cells that are present in skin-care products are long dead! The reality is that plant stem cells don't work the way the marketing would lead you to believe.

One more point: The SPF 15 on the label isn't bad, but most medical boards around the world recommend higher SPFs, and so do we, which you can get either from a product with a higher SPF or from layering several SPF-rated products, such as a moisturizer with SPF, a foundation with SPF, and a powder with SPF.

Note: The inactive ingredients for this product are listed in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content. This is permissible in this case because the product is regulated as an over-the-counter drug in the United States. However, we have more respect for companies that choose instead to list their non-active sunscreen ingredients in descending order of concentration, so you know more about what you are putting on your face, just like with any other moisturizer.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Moisturizes dry skin.
  • Jar packaging won't maintain the effectiveness of the plant and vitamin ingredients once opened.
  • Tries to distinguish itself from other SPF products, but the key claims apply to any well-formulated sunscreen!
  • The stem cell technology claims aren't supported by any documented research.
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The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Lumene Excellent Future products use a cell culture grown from Arctic cloudberry. All products in the Lumene Excellent Future range help postpone and prevent damage that is invisible under your skin surface before it becomes visible. The products also help to reduce the depth of wrinkles that have already formed and to maintain the skin’s youthful elasticity.
Active: Avobenzone 3.0%, Octinoxate 6.0%, Octisalate 2.0%, Octocrylene 2.7%. Other: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenyl Succinate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), C13-14 Isoparaffin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Glycerin Glyceryl Stearate, Heptyl Undecylenate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydroxyisohexy 13-cyclohexene, Carboxaldehyde, Laureth-7, Lecithin Limonene, Linalool, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Peat Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-8, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Propanediol Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Berry Cell Culture, Squalane, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Xanthan Gum.
Brand Overview

Lumene At-A-Glance

Strengths: Relatively inexpensive; a handful of good options for sensitive skin; one good eye cream, though you don't need an eye cream—you can use any well-formulated moisturizer around the eye area; every SPF-rated product provides reliable UVA protection; Blueberry Curl Mascara has a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding way to enhance lashes.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging is pervasive; the Excellent Future products and most of the Time Freeze products aren't helpful for antiaging or wrinkles; several products contain more preservative or film-forming agent than the ingredients your skin really needs to look younger and healthier; no products for acne or effective products for those struggling with uneven skin tone or discolorations; no exfoliants.

The Cosmetics Cop Team strongly suspects that the interest in this product line from Finland is its prestige packaging, coupled with a relatively attractive price point. This is an eye-catching brand that really stands out on drugstore shelves; however, these products aren't really all that inexpensive, especially in comparison to products from Olay, Neutrogena, or RoC. In the United States, you'll find Lumene products at most CVS drugstores as well as at Ulta, Target, and Walgreens. Although the Cosmetics Cop Team loves to find and recommend inspired skin-care and makeup products at reasonable prices, this line isn't one of them.

Two major shortcomings are: (1), the jar packaging, which means any state-of-the-art ingredients in those products won't remain stable once the jar is opened because they deteriorate in the presence of air, and (2), most of Lumene's formulas contain only a dusting of the superstar ingredients they brag about. Vitamin C, ceramides, antioxidants, peptides, and the like are all essential, brilliant ingredients for skin, but when only minute amounts are included, your skin isn't getting much of the good stuff.

What it comes down to is this: Shopping Lumene shortchanges your skin, leaving it needing, and deserving, far better. A bargain isn't a bargain if it isn't the best possible care for your skin. What good is saving money on skin care if your skin is left wanting and, in fact, needing more?

Aside from the jar packaging and the paltry amount of important skin-care ingredients, there are other limitations, adding to this line's woes. If you have acne, skin discolorations, or uneven skin tone, you need to look elsewhere.

From a marketing point of view, Lumene capitalizes on the erroneous notion that age is a skin type, so they group their products according to decades. Complete nonsense! Age is not a skin type, nor is race, height, weight, or ethnic background. Regardless of your age, if you have acne, rosacea, dry skin, oily skin, sun damage, or blackheads, the same ingredients that work for someone in their 30s will work for someone in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. There isn't a single piece of research showing that any specific ingredients or formulations are better for skin depending on your age.

Like a vast number of cosmetics companies, Lumene leads you to believe their products are all natural and loaded with beneficial plant extracts, in this case, from the remote wilderness of Finland. Nothing could be further from the truth. These products are loaded with synthetic ingredients. That doesn't make them inherently bad, it just makes the marketing claims obnoxious and misleading.

For those intent on exploring what this Finnish line has to offer, despite the fact there isn't much here worth your attention, your best bet is to stick with the products for sensitive skin, which are truly fragrance-free, and the cleansers. Oh, and if you want to find out if the cult classic status of Lumene's Blueberry Curl mascara is deserved, look no further: It most certainly is!

One more comment: Many Lumene products contain an extract or oil from the Arctic cloudberry plant. Although there is research proving this plant has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is far from the only one, and isn't even close to being the best for skin. The fact that Lumene chooses to highlight this plant is about marketing nonsense, because stories sell better than reality. Whether it is from the Amazon, the Swiss Alps, or the Himalayas, geographic location is not what makes a plant extract of any kind superior for skin.

For more information about Lumene, call (888) 253-8916 or visit www.lumeneusa.com.

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